By The Right Scoop


Perry gave a great speech today announcing his departure from the presidential race. He said he could see no viable path forward to winning the nomination, but he does believe that Newt is the candidate who can captivate conservatives and help put this nation back on the right path.

Here’s the full speech:

And with that, we’re down to four. Should be an interesting debate tonight.

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  • http://joebrooks.me Joe Brooks

    So-called Tea Party members are backing the candidate who was on Freddie Mac’s payroll? WHAT THE FIRETRUCK? I feel like I’ve been sucked into an alternate universe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497076194 Travis Pierson

      There isn’t a Tea Party candidate in the bunch and hasn’t been since Bachmann dropped out. Perry nearly qualified but he didn’t seem to want to compete.

      • Anonymous

        Oh well, I guess we should just give up.

        • Anonymous

          As Churchill said …

          NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497076194 Travis Pierson

          That wasn’t my point at all. We’re left with a big government squish, two big government social conservatives and a crazy person. I think it comes down to Romney and Gingrich. I don’t trust either of them since both have a history of compromising with the other party. The most important thing is to put more Tea Party conservatives in the House and take a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Then we, the people, need to keep their feet to the fire and make sure Congress ignores the histrionics of the crybabies on the left and sends responsible bills that include serious spending cuts to whichever one ends up as President.

          • Anonymous

            I guess “trust but verify” is not just a defense strategy it also applies to this election cycle.

      • Anonymous

        Newt Gingrich IS the TEA party candidate.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497076194 Travis Pierson

          He is now, but only because no serious Tea Party contender ever entered the race. He’s the closest thing we have left.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll buy that. Though, I don’t think Palin is electable. I would vote for her.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1497076194 Travis Pierson

              I don’t think there’s a single Tea Party conservative who has enough experience to convince the voting public he’s the guy for the job. The movement is just too new. Palin’s not the one. Her negatives are too high and I doubt she could overcome that. I like her where she is, giving stump speeches and taking potshots at the idiocy of the left.

              The Republican nominee needs to choose one of the Tea Party rock stars as his running mate (I think it has to be West or Rubio, but Rand Paul or Mike Lee would also be acceptable) so that true, responsible, sensible conservative values have an inside track when the time comes to choose his successor.

              I don’t trust any of these guys to shut off the tap, especially not in his first term. At best, I expect spending to slow to Bush era levels – maybe a little lower. I expect the economy to explode regardless just because the anti-growth mommy will have been sent back to Chicago. It’s the next guy who will have to take the big step and really reform entitlements.

        • 11Steve11

          Newt Gingrich, He abandoned his promises and violated his contract with America. When the Media attacked him, he ran to the corner to hide and abandoned America! Here is some of Newt’s “Contract With America”————On the first day of their majority in the House, the Republicans promised to pass major reforms:
          1. require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress;
          2. select a major, independent auditing firm to conduct a comprehensive audit of Congress for waste, fraud or abuse;
          3. cut the number of House committees, and cut committee staff by one-third;
          limit the terms of all committee chairs;
          4. ban the casting of proxy votes in committee;
          5. require committee meetings to be open to the public;
          6. require a three-fifths majority vote to pass a tax increase;
          7. guarantee an honest accounting of the Federal Budget by implementing zero base-line budgeting. ———http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html———How many of these problems still exist today?

          • Anonymous

            And the republicans have been in control all that time too, right. It’s obviously all Bush’s fault. Bonehead.

            • 11Steve11

              I am disappointed that Bush Sr. let America down by not getting re-elected. I believe that George Bush Jr, was one of the greatest presidents that America has ever had. And I saw Newt Gingrich support Great American Values and fight for every American. I also saw Newt Gingrich turn tail and run when he was relentlessly attacked by the immoral Democrats. Past performance is a good indicator of future performance. I do not want a leader that will be afraid to do his job because someone made him uncomfortable or scared. Jarhead would be a better comment. Semper Fidelis Mike

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.masiwchuk David Scott Masiwchuk

      It bothers you that Newt made money from legal honest work?

      • Anonymous

        What an incredible assertion… the irony is amazing, seeing that Gingrich is attacking Romney’s ‘legal honest work’. If it doesn’t matter to you and you are criticizing that it should matter, does it matter that Newt thinks it matters?

        I don’t trust Newt. I don’t trust Romney, I don’t trust Ron Paul, and I have a very hard time trusting Santorum.

        Right now, I’m writing-in Christ.

    • Trust1TG

      Gingrich told Fanny/Freddie they needed to make corrections and add stiffer regulations. They ignored him…that is their fault. When you pay a lot for advice, then ignore it, it’s your reponsibility. Gingrich was not in charge of that debacle – It would not have happened if they had listened to him.

      • Anonymous

        “It would not have happened if they had listened to him.”

        We will never know that.

    • Anonymous

      Lay the blame where it belongs for Fannie and Freddie. Look no further than Chris Dodd and Barnie Frank and Billary Clintoon.

    • Anonymous

      Ahh, Romney must be defeated and Santorum will not do it.

      • Anonymous

        He does need to step up and especially address the short comings in his past. But to dismiss him on the eve of this treacherous attack on Newt is unwise. He may ultimately be the last man standing.

        But I agree, he’s not inspiring me all that much right now. Other than that, I still support him and hope he shines.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps you’re looking at Newt with a narrow focus. Wait till Palin backs him, you’ll really be in orbit.

      • Anonymous

        narrow focus? Is taking his 30 years of history into consideration ‘narrow’?

        • Anonymous

          no, i mean focusing exclusively on his work for fannie and freddie (which IS troubling, i’m not excusing it.)

    • Anonymous

      Lol… good WTF. I’m backing Santorum. I like Newt okay and will support anyone who wins the GOP nomination to run against Maobama.

      I’m Independent and consider myself a member of the Tea Party. It sucks for the Tea Party that a Rubio or Allen West (or Jim DeMint) isn’t in this pack. Hopefully one of these gentlemen (even perhaps Sarah) will step up and become the VP…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Kawasaki/1798183858 Dave Kawasaki

      You might feel better about Newt if you actually looked @ his record.

    • Anonymous

      Interesting article discussing the relationship between the Tea Party and Newt.

      Newt’s group, AmericanSolutions.com, was among the top-tier groups supporting the early Tea Party rallies in every respect, chief among which was the value of his conservative celebrity and advocacy, offered on Fox News in the days leading up to those initial Tax Day 2009 rallies.

      “Gingrich supported the Tea Party movement in its earliest days and helped it achieve critical mass,” attests Owen Brennan, a writer and producer who has covered the Tea Party movement since its beginning. “Tea Party activists are genuinely suspicious of his record and some of his ideas. But he’s also let them know they will have a seat at the table in a Gingrich administration. Those same activists know they’ll have no such position in a Romney administration.”

      http://news.yahoo.com/why-tea-party-loves-newt-063000308.html

      • Anonymous

        A bunch of TEA party leaders are throwing their endorsements to Newt. I read it today.

  • Anonymous

    I like you Governor. I personally would have liked to see you back Santorum, but I respect your opinion. Senator Santorum, go get em.

    • Anonymous

      Not me. Newt is the right choice. Santorum was my senator, and he is NOT a conservative. Newt has more baggage than Liz Taylor, but he is far more capable than Santorum to clean up this mess.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CEIVCJOJU3JJBFIWTB7EMP7ZJE FillmoreBrown

    he started rattling off states i though he was gonn a go full blown Howard Dean and and say “Take back the White House!! Yea!!!”

  • Anonymous

    Grace, to the very end. I salute you, Governor. May God speed you home. I await your return in 2016.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

      ME TOO!!! Can we start his campaign for 2016…today? I think it’d even be more cost-effective to spread the campaign out over the next 4 years, rather than starting 12 months prior to the election. I would have been SO happy with Perry as President.

      What pisses me off is that Mittens and Paul know their supporters are such fringe-groups in the GOP/Libertarian parties, and yet they don’t drop. They KNOW we don’t want them, and they are perfectly fine with FORCING our hands. THEY should be dropping…

      • Linky1

        Right now, Governor Perry can get back to governing Texas and prepare for 2016.

        The Mittens/Paulbot groupies must be quaking in their boots now that the conservative line has been drawn in the proverbial sand – kind of like the Scottish vs. the English in Braveheart. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ur3iV6Z34

        • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

          An old word from an old man, many things can happen over night, much less 4 years. I pray you will not wait for a messiah. You may spend a lifetime, like I did, trying to stop these vermin. I hope at the end, you can say I tried.

      • Anonymous

        No, no, my good man. This cycle ‘ain’t over til it’s over’! As the Governor said, ‘we have just begun to fight’.

      • Anonymous

        Spot on Brian. Well said my friend.

      • Anonymous

        There is absolutely no reason for Mitt Romney or Ron Paul to drop out of the race. You have gone mad.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

          Mad…with RAGE! “Rarrrr!” :-D

    • Anonymous

      Agreed!

    • Anonymous

      A class act.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.masiwchuk David Scott Masiwchuk

    That was a good speech….

  • Anonymous

    Good man although Santorum would have been good endosement to. Wonder what the talking heads will say about Newf now.
    The money may coalese toward. Newt or Santorum

    • Trust1TG

      DRUDGE IS IN ALL-OUT ATTACK MODE against Newt. Huge ugly headlines and photos. Pitiful photo of second wife. Many, many links. Playing up every angle.

      He’s been bought out by the progressives. Lock. Stock. Barrel.

      http://www.damndirtyrino.com/2011/10/04/the-drudge-romney-axis/

      • Anonymous

        Drudge can kiss my butt!

      • Anonymous

        If Drudge is corrupted, that would be bad.

      • Anonymous

        It will quickly blow over. By now most everyone in the MSM realizes that Marianne is a vindictive bitch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684168790 John Gem

    He’s a nice guy. Great family! very tender moment with a kiss from with his wife and son who nodded his head with respect for his good father. On we go to Newt, our warrior! You are are tough guy mr speaker, brush the dust of your coat and blow away these heathens and take back America!

    What a bitter and twisted newts ex wife is, she cheated on him too. She looks sour.

    • Anonymous

      She also looks ugly.

      • Anonymous

        ” ’tis the moon.”

  • Anonymous

    Magnanimous. A real gentleman.

  • Anonymous

    A southern gentleman right down to his boots. Our loss, Mr. Perry. Thank you

    • Anonymous

      It truly is a loss and as I have been a Rick Perry supporter I will continue to support him with my prayers.

      I am beginning to believe this entire primary was a setup to get Obama another four years. I heard Rush say the GOP would rather have Obama than a conservative. Would they do this? Yes.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, and I liked Perry too but he would have had trouble winning. My mother and sister, both conservative could not find it within themselves to forgive Rick for the guardasil issue. I tried talking to them about it but being a guy I don’t see it quite the same as them.

        • Anonymous

          Mike,

          Who is your mother and sister supporting?

          • Anonymous

            They weren’t decided yet but they were learning towards Newt. I think that they still are.

  • http://twitter.com/Professor_Why Professor Why

    Remember those Gingrich staffers who jumped ship to work with Perry? Wonder what they’re thinking about this… ;)

    • Anonymous

      They are thinking, “Thank goodness we get 99 weeks of unemployment, Go Barack.”

    • Anonymous

      Excellent point Professor!

  • Anonymous

    A gracious man, a good speech and a great future before him. May God bless Rick Perry and his family. Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

    Sad speech. I do have ONE question though:

    I’m not married, and I don’t have kids, and I’m pretty young, and all that good stuff. But that kiss with his wife (where he just turned around, and told his wife, “Come here baby”, and then BARELY kissed her…) just seemed EXTREMELY awkward to me. Is that the way married people are expected to behave? IDK, I’ve never really been comfortable with affection of any kind anyways, but to be honest, if a married man is expected to do things like that, than I am SOOOOOOO screwed! LOL!

    I do want to thank Mr. Perry for knowing that at this point, he could do more good for this nation by bowing out and giving up his supporters to the next best candidate, so we can better avoid a Paully/Mittens nominee. It takes a LOT of character to be able to recognize, and follow through, with that plan of action, and he has my profound respect!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, he should’ve forced his tongue down her neck and lifted up her blouse.

      Crazy-ass :-)

      You’d best git right, younker.

      • poljunkie

        Ha

        • Anonymous

          That goes for you too Missy!

          • poljunkie

            Thanks Rs.
            Today is an awful day- thanks for cheering me up!

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

              That’s no bueno!!! I’ll try to find something funny to cheer you up!!!

              • poljunkie

                Thanks Brian.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

                  You ever see Joe Biden’s energy policy?

                  If not: http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/9775.jpg

                  If that doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what will!!!

                • Anonymous

                  I’ll be right back. I’m hooking up the generator now.

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

                  Hahahaha!

                • Anonymous

                  Update: You forgot about Torque. The cat keeps trying to eat the bread!!!

                • poljunkie

                  Thank you Brian. I actually laughed ( out loud!)☺

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

                  I’m glad I could help buddy!!! Are you going to watch the debate?

                • poljunkie

                  I really dont feel up to it, but maybe- if I do I will be in the RS room!

                • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

                  Well I guess we know the answer to THAT question, now don’t we!!! LOL!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        Joking….? Right? Was he wrong? Sometimes I see my parents kiss in public, and it’s so icky.

        • Anonymous

          Hence, the tasteful, classy, little peck. You said he “BARELY” kissed her. That’s what he should’ve done silly. He was trying to avoid the “Hey, get a room!” thang. You can’t be gettin’ too jiggy with it on stage with an audience.

          Yes, I was just messin’ with ya’. By the way, if you’re still wet behind the ears, try a Shamwow! You could skip a decade with one of those bad boys :-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

            HAHAHAHAHA! The Shamwow! LOL! That was so awesome!

            It just seemed like so much effort to get here to kiss him on stage, that if I were in his position, I would have gone for the gold! LOL! Then again, I am single… :-D

        • Persephone

          I should’ve read this before I posted above, Brian.
          Rshill is right.
          There’s nothing wrong with married people giving each other a little peck in public.

        • Anonymous

          You have to remember, parents don’t kiss, have sex, or do any of that. They’re parents, after all. At least, that’s what I think about mine.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

            That’s what I’ve always thought…but then I SAW! LOL! Ewwwwwww again!

        • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

          Yes, it is bad for the young to see tenderness in a warrior. Just wait my friend, for your moment.

    • Anonymous

      it’s a private moment performed in public. Always a bit awkward. Certainly, you don’t want the tongue action that Al Gore gave to his wife Tipper, on stage back in the day. Ewww

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/01/al-tipper-gore-pda-kisses_n_596414.html#s95243&title=October_12_2000

      PS: don’t look at this too long. It will give you hemorrhoids.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        Ewwwwwww!!!!

        • Anonymous

          I tried to tell you. There are good hemorrhoidal creams out there on the market.

      • poljunkie

        Hard to believe that was 12 years ago.

    • Anonymous

      Brian, when the right one comes along you’ll know it! “Don’t worry Be Happy!” Okay that was corny!

      • Anonymous

        Not at all, shuck another one :-D

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        Oh I’m sure! I just have a REALLY hard time showing, or receiving, any affection or praise (which usually doesn’t correlate too well with relationships).

        • Anonymous

          Confidence, young man. You must be confident in yourself. It is the ONE and ONLY consistent thing I’ve heard from women that they like in a man. Not arrogance but confidence. The difference between the two is a fine line. Confidence is quiet. I know I can handle anything. Arrogance is loud, you feel you have to tell everyone you can handle anything.

          That and a sense of humor and everything else will fall into place.

    • Persephone

      He was being respectful of her, Brian.
      He is a gentleman.

      When I was dating my husband, we were meeting for dinner one night.
      He was in the bar area of the restaurant when I got there, standing at the bar with some of his friends.
      When I walked up to them, he grabbed me, tipped me over and laid a big wet kiss on me.
      I know men well enough to know that that was a ‘territorial’ thing…it was his way of showing his friends that I was his territory.
      I smiled, and excused myself…walking towards the restrooms.
      But I left, went home and didn’t speak to him for weeks.
      Months later, when he asked me to marry him, I told him if he ever did anything like that again…I would hit him with a shovel, and divorce him.
      It’s disrespectful.
      You save the hot animal stuff for when you’re behind closed doors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        Hahaha! You would hit him with a shovel, and THEN divorce him! WOW! That’s intense! LOL!

        I was just joking about the “going for the gold” thing. The whole thing just seemed awkward to me. I just don’t understand why he couldn’t just have said his thanks, and then “THANKED” her when they got home…

        • Persephone

          Heeee.
          He still refers to me as his “lil redneck wife”.
          And tells his friends that he could never be unfaithful…because he knows I would just shoot him.

          • Anonymous

            You got a sister?

            • Persephone

              That’s sweet, Mike.
              Sadly no, I’ve always wanted to have a sister.

              • Anonymous

                Suddenly I want you to have a sister too. Cest la vie….

      • poljunkie

        Perse! You are awesome!

        • Persephone

          Aw thanks, Pol’ie.
          {{{hugs}}}

          This is a sad day, isn’t it.
          It’s going to suck from here on out.

          • poljunkie

            I agree Perse. I was just talking to hubby and saying I had no interest in the debate tonight.
            :-(

            • Persephone

              Yup.
              Me either.

      • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

        I’ll bet you repayed him many times for his show of love for you, to his friends.

        • Persephone

          Not sure what you mean by that, Allen Poe.

          But if you’re implying that I harped on that incident…
          No, actually, I never brought it up again.
          But he did.
          In conversations with our daughters…about having self respect.

          I left out some sordid details of that moment, that perhaps will give you a more accurate picture of “his show of love…to his friends”.
          His hand was on my butt and the kiss lasted for about a minute.
          It was less a show of love than it was a show of “this is mine”.

          I love my husband dearly, Allen Poe, and I would defend him to the death.
          He is a wonderful man, and has treated me with respect throughout our years together…both in public and in private.

    • Anonymous

      Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! You’re too funny! We’ll revisit after you get married! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396855720 Brian Jones

        I’m TERRIFIED of getting Married! Which is really weird, because it’s definitely something I see for myself. But yet, NOTHING scares me more than that thought. I wonder why that is? Really…it confuses me! LOL!

        • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

          Wisdom from the mouth of babes. Hold that thought!

  • Anonymous

    Thank You Gov. Perry! The RINO must be stopped.

  • poljunkie

    We salute you from Arizona Gov Perry, and wish we had the opportunity to vote for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Valdez/1806887704 Steven Valdez

    I’m getting that “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” feeling with Rick Perry…

    • Anonymous

      Yep, yep , yep.

      • poljunkie

        A few more yeps from me. Damn the media and the first few debates.

      • Anonymous

        There you go sir. One should always file their “yeps” in triplicate :-)

        Obamaburger, looks good, sounds good…leaves a bad taste in your mouth for four years. (rimshot?)

      • CDS in Manitoba

        You sound like those space aliens from Sesame Street. LOL

        “Yep, yep, yep, ah haw.”

    • Anonymous

      And because I’m feeling a little ticked off right now….. I hope that feeling makes alot of people really sick over the next couple of days. (I’ll pray God heals them… but only after they’ve been miserable for awhile.)

      God bless Texas and Gov Perry!

  • Anonymous

    I’m queasy about Newt over Santorum. And I’m scared. I’m scared that Newt won’t be able to get enough women votes to beat Obama.

  • http://twitter.com/texasps Paula

    God bless Governor Perry and his beautiful family :-) Luv the Gov. Thanks for fighting the good fight for America, glad that you will be there fighting for Texas.

    LOL Still wish he would have said: “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas”. Davy Crockett

    Logn Live the Republic!! & Liberty

    • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

      And, many people did not understand, just what Davy meant.

  • Anonymous

    Again, what an honorable and decent thing to do. I salute him for his character and country-first actions. His speech was gracious and eloquent.

  • Anonymous

    Rick Perry, is God, family, and country. He summed it up in one word, humble. There is no humility in Washington, D.C. It’s conceit. We lost a good man today. When Perry gave the salute, he earned the right to do it. He served.

    Rick Santorum is a nice man, but he doesn’t have it.

  • Anonymous

    Godspeed!

  • Anonymous

    Newt’s ok, but First Lady Calista? I just can’t like her.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, well. They can’t all be Laura Bush.

      • poljunkie

        Wow Nukeman, my husband said the same thing last night.

        • Anonymous

          Or Sarah Palin , for that matter.

          • poljunkie

            Or that would have been Todd.

            • Anonymous

              Ok, EEEeeeewwwwwwwww.

              Now I’v got to bleach my brain. Thanks for that. LOL

              • poljunkie

                HA

          • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

            Apples and oranges. few compare with the delightful Sarah.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, Laura’s a cutie patootie.

        Calista just needs to avoid profile shots. Just film her from the neck down and don’t worry about it. I’d like to see her debate Barbra Streisand though.

        I know, that’s just mean. I’ll go tar and feather myself now, right after committing Hari Kari and punching myself in the nose face.

        • Anonymous

          You’re being too hard on yourself. Whenever she comes on the air, just have ads of Laura Bush’s ready to play.

        • Anonymous

          Funny and true.

      • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

        Ouch!

    • Anonymous

      Take your pick-Calista or Moochelle.

  • Anonymous

    why do we look for such things a passing kiss to mrs perry as quirky? perry is about to cry, and mrs perry is on the verge.

    gosh, what shallow people we are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQI5D66OXO7X2FE4NVCZC7BAMA Joe

    A good man and a real loss to the Country

    It’s a shame he had so many problems at the start

    I believe he felt too confident and did not prepare properly

    In business – You ALWAYS have to start from scratch with
    each new situation – He did not prepare for the newest situation he was in

    I blame his staff for that

    Real shame

    The good news is he can now shred Obama from the outside

    • Anonymous

      He should have campaigned the way he jogs. Armed and with his dog.

  • Anonymous

    What a shame that he and the Palins endorsed Newt. Newt is a disgraceful, deceitful man. I hope this interview tonight takes him out of this race. He and Callista deserve to be shamed by their behavior.

    • Anonymous

      More ashamed than Romney? Me thinks you complain TOO MUCH.

      • Anonymous

        What does Romney have to be ashamed of again? Romney’s wife also has MS, but he stayed with his wife. His kids are Eagle Scouts – take a look at his accomplishments in high school and beyond. He is an honorable man with a fine family – you cannot say that about Newt. Newt and his wife are ambitious who put themselves first at all costs. I’m not saying Mitt is a conservative or that he would be my first choice, but he is a fine, decent man. You cannot say that about Newt. He doesn’t have a moral center, and I do hope this interview marks the end of his candidacy.

        • Anonymous

          Let’s see. Bankrupting a state, putting some viable companies out of business and forcing unemployment on their staff. Thinking that an individual mandate on health insurance is a good idea…

          Should I continue?

          • Anonymous

            I agree Mitt is not all clean, show me the rich man who is, but I do think lambfound has a point. Newt has the morals and ethics of …words fail me. But as another writer put it,

            “Newt Gingrich is the ethical equivalent of the guy who owns the bunny ranch brothel in vegas! he left his 1st wife 1 week after being diagnosed with m.s. he wanted to share his 2nd wife with his mistress.Dudes a slimeball!”

            If what I read on this site is correct, the vast majority of RS readers are GOD fearing people. Now I don’t believe He takes sides, but rather it is up to us to be the kind of people he wants us to be so that he can stand by us.

            I want Him to stand with US. We desperately need Him right now.
            I have real trouble thinking of Him wanting to stand next to the Gingrichs

            Someone who truly thinks that their private conduct is somehow separate and detached from their public life is deluded and rationalizing their behavior.

            When you rationalize you tell yourself rational-lies.

            How can you trust someone to be true to their vow to uphold the constitution when they don’t uphold their most important vows to the family?

            Romney is as dishonest as any other politician – which I despise – but I am not aware of him breaking his marital vows, which IMO is a deeper level of ethical degeneracy.

            • Anonymous

              see my above post..and take heed

          • Anonymous

            How many jobs did he create – ever hear of Staples? Looks like you are watching the phoney Newt movie which has been completely debunked. What viable company did he put out of business? You sound very emotional – are you a Democrat? Looks like you listen to MSNBC for your emotional boost. Facts are not part of your replies as yet. Individual mandate – big mistake, but states are the petri dishes of experimentation. He is not for a federal mandate and that is the only thing we need to consider at this point. If you have any facts, please continue. I have personally fired several people which was a very good thing for the remaining staff and the company.

            • Anonymous

              Romney is not a conservative in any recognizable way to any part of America other than New England. The best argument I’ve heard in his support is this; “He might be our best chance of beating Maobama.” That doesn’t fly for most of us. Romney is unacceptable.

              • Anonymous

                Then you can vote for Obama if he is the candidate. My choice would be Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Allen West, Tim Scott, Bobby Jindal, John Bolton – most of us do not like any of these remaining candidates, and we will either hold our nose and vote for the Republican or give the vote to Obama. We are all in the same boat. It is a shame we find ourselves with these pathetic candidates at this most important time in our country. Perhaps there will be a brokered convention and someone will step up. Otherwise, most of us will be disappointed this election cycle. The best thing we can do right now is pray.

    • Anonymous

      Then I guess you have never sinned or did something you have been ashamed of. I wish I could meet you in person and worship at your feet. Lets get rid of the sactimonous self-righteous drivel shall we? If Newt was running around saying I am not sorry for being a dirtbag during that time..then yes he deserves scorn. But the man has fallen short of the glory of God and repented, as we do and should. Here is something else to chew on..Obama is a lovely family man, devoted to his wife and kids..where has that gotten everybody!??

      • Anonymous

        I’m not running for President and won’t be an example to the nation. He is not qualified morally as a serial adulterer, and his wife should never, ever be First Lady. What in the world to you say to your kids about their disgraceful relationship – 6 years! It was hideous enough to live through Bill Clinton – he said he was sorry, too, but that didn’t stop his behavior. People in Chicago see Obama with a woman at the club where he works out – it is not a secret, but it will never get reported. That story was publicized once and has been scrubbed. The nation deserves better than Newt and Callista. He cannot be trusted, and he is arrogant to ask all of us to ignore his past. God will not be mocked.

        • Anonymous

          Listen, I am not going to continue with this except to say this…you are not God nor do you have a right to sit in judgment of anybody if they repented. Jesus said to forgive or you will not be forgiven…so you do not mock God and his commands!

  • http://www.davemacleod.net/ dmacleo

    gracious. hope people look for his input a lot in next few years.

  • http://twitter.com/mjh4259 Mary

    God Bless Rick Perry! Great speech! The reference to Sam Houston was gold!

  • Anonymous

    “And with that, we’re down to four.”

    Don’t you mean three? (Who will be included in your polls, anyway)

    • Anonymous

      It all ends in California – but the first huge bust will be in Virginia.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody gets a guarantee of anything except opportunity in this country every thing else you have to earn or defend or protect.

    The liberals believe in the second coming of FDR and Woodrow Wilson. The rest of us have a job to do and that ‘s to pick the best man from the ones left standing. Them’s the rules and now we are on to the next step.

    These men and women have all done their best to offer us an opportunity to select the best possible candidate to run. They sacrificed much, as did their families. Each hero who entered this race or later dropped made the choices which were best for her or him and when you think about it, best for the USA.

    Perry is a Hero, Bachmann is a Hero, Huntsman is a Hero, Cain is a Hero and Palin is a Hero.

    This is not the time to whine and moan about the candidates. This is not the time to think about ourselves. This is the time squeeze these finalists like the very grapes of wrath and together discover and develop the ideas, the policies and the programs which will reshape the Union into its original form.

    Those left standing are true American heroes-every one and they deserve our respect, our gratitude and our concern. Barrack Hussein Obama will NOT be the First Black and the last freely elected President of the Untied States.

    But by the Grace of GOD and the faith of the people who waited through each painful moment of the last three years, ONE of these–Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul-American heroes all, will be the

    …………………..NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES………

    Barrack Hussein Obama will be the last socialist ever elected President north of Galveston, Texas and south of Bangor, Maine.

    Now let’s get back to business and see how Newt handles the spurned, ex-, next first lady and then watch him stomp some liberal butt. Jeez I wished they’d bring Juan Williams back

    • Anonymous

      Excellent.

    • Anonymous

      Actually – would you mind including Galveston in that – or at least say “north of Galveston’s southern border?”

      that would work. :)

      Nice post. Thank you for your inclusiveness. BTW – I wish the states were Untied – but they aren’t…

  • http://twitter.com/gidgey Bridget Willard

    He gives a farewell speech that makes your heart smile, feel proud, and look up. He is an inspiration. (How can we get him to run for Governor in California?)

  • Anonymous

    A great speech by a great governor, man, father, and husband.

    So what’s next for Rick Perry? I hope Erick’s reporting at Red State is true. It’s the kind of talk I want to hear. And, I hope this talk becomes action.

    I’m told reliably that Governor Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Speaker Gingrich to rally Governors and state legislators toward a plan of devolving power from Washington. This project will include helping shape the Republican platform for the general election, something small government conservatives have been concerned about.

    Governor Perry will also campaign for Speaker Gingrich in Texas. Texas has more than enough delegates at 155 (and they are winner take all they are proportional) to offset Newt Gingrich not being on the Virginia ballot, which only has 49 delegates.
    http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/01/19/perry-drops-out-endorses-newt-will-campaign-and-serve/

  • http://www.facebook.com/TexasPatriot Mike Pugh

    Again, it boils down to voting against a particular candidate instead of voting for one. There is not one single candidate that truely represents me or my beliefs in total. If I could take parts from several of the candidates to craft the perfect one for me, then they probably won’t be 100% right for some of you. We must vote for the most reasonable alternative to what sits in the White House now. Almost nobody will like the Republican nominee 100%, but I do know that most of us do NOT LIKE Obama a full 100%. Almost anyone is a better choice.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for doing the right thing and dropping out Mr Perry. God Bless you.

  • Anonymous

    Wishing you the very best in the future Gov. Perry from 4Hoppes9 and now 4Hoppes2. Your contributions to the conservative cause will long be appreciated. Thank you for the most unselfish, uplifting, and noble campaign this cycle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7YZKRU6ALJJRZNT7FAR6UU6FGI Tim N

    What is more bothersome: Newt making money being a consultant for Freddie Mac or Mitt Romney (RINO) winning the nomination?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Baba/1109317395 Matt Baba

    As much as I like both Newt and Santorum, they need to play it safe and eventually one needs to get behind another. I really hope that happens. Newt/Santorum…anyone? Santorum/Newt???

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I think it will be Romney/Santorum. Rick has been a proponent of liberal causes and Mitt needs a “conservative” to back him. Newt, like Rick Perry and the others will be a memory of the 2008 campaign. However, Obama will win in November, thanks to the GOP.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think so. I really believe that no matter who we nominate, it will be a landslide election. Maobama will be history before midnight of election night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Baba/1109317395 Matt Baba

    This is my first election I have ever followed in depth..(21yo, don’t worry I would’n have voted for Obama back in 08) so I have a question: If someone drops out of the race, and has already won delegates from a state (like Santorum in Iowa) where do those delegates go to? or how does that work?

  • http://twitter.com/andrewkboyle andrew boyle

    Just like Fred Thompson last time, Perry gave his best performance on the way out the door. Go back to Texas and let you economy continue to give Obama the bird.

  • Anonymous

    Yeppers! The good Governor is headed back to people who love and care about him. That being said, I’ve been rooting for Newt for a couple of weeks now. I finally had to admit that Governor Perry had no chance of being elected. I am thrilled that Perry is endorsing Newt!

    • Anonymous

      Welcome aboard the Newt train.

    • Anonymous

      Newt has some good marks in the pro column. If Newt is the nominee, this election will truly be the battle of the egos like no other. I think debate coordinators will have to order an extra wide debate stage to fit them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/smcaronx Steve Caron

    I saw the title “Full Speech: Perry drops out, endorses Newt f… “.

    And i had to laff because i my mind filled in the blanks…

    “Perry drops out, endorses Newt f@&ing Gingrich, baby!”

  • http://onthemark1.blogspot.com On The Mark

    I don’t go for a lot of sentimental stuff, but I love that talk about redemption and forgiveness for those who seek God.

    I agree with Perry: Newt isn’t perfect. But I do hope Perry’s endorsement help’s a lot to boost NotRomney’s …I mean Newt’s… campaign.

  • Anonymous

    I am a social,fiscal and national security Conservative. To me being a social Conservative means fidelity. I cannot vote for a serial adulterer. I do not require a President to be married, but if he chooses freely to marry then he should at least have the decency to divorce that wife before co-habiting with another floosie. This is the floosie who wants to be First Lady? Am I to give up my moral values (Gingrich), my fiscal conservatism (Santorum) my national security Conservatism (Paul) or vote for someone who is neither a fiscal Conservative and also doesn’t share my social values (Romney)? Governor Perry was the only candidate who lived by all 3 of the tenets of Conservatism. I do not know if I will vote in the primary at all, and maybe not in the general. I cannot support Newt Gingrich, if he has been unfaithful to 2 wives, then why should we believe anything he says. I admire Governor Perry, but I cannot follow his lead. I may still consider Santorum, but he is no fiscal Conservative. Voting for the GOP candidate as the lesser of 2 evils vs. Obama, may not be enough to get me to vote.

    • http://twitter.com/cfallon57 Cheryl Fallon

      Then don’t complain about the country.

    • Anonymous

      It was often commented that Perry had the 3 legs of the stool of conservatism.

      I agree. The choices stink. As I told someone else, I think Perry endorsed Newt because his public policy was more closely aligned with Perry’s. While personal policy is important, Perry is placing greater importance on public policy and leaving the personal choices of Newt to God to deal with.

  • 11Steve11

    Perry just had to face reality. Still, this is a very sad day for me. Rick Perry was the best hope for America. But why, I ask, did Rick Perry give his support to Newt? If he had given it to Santorum; Paul and Newt would have had to throw in the towel. Now the division continues. Newt, Paul, Santorum and ineveitably Romney comes out on top. Thus sealing permanent division in the Republican party for this election cycle, giving Obama a fighting chance. And if we leave anything to chance, we are potentially doomed!

    • Anonymous

      Santorum will be packing soon. It will be Newt and Romney and the other one.

      • 11Steve11

        I will vote for Newt if he is the candidate! S*#t, I would even vote for Paul if he is the candidate. My first choice was Perry, my second is Santorum, my third choice is Bachman, fourth is Palin, then Cain, Fifth is Newt, then Romney, then in last Paul. What I want has no relavance on what will be . I am convinced that Newt will remain strong, until the going gets real tough, then, like before, he will quit. So, as I see it, our only chance is Romney. Hey, like I said before, I hope that I am wrong. At this point, I am certain that Santorum is the best hope for America. It would be Newt, but I do not believe that he will follow thru, like Thompson, Ross Perot or even John McCain, none of them really had the desire to win. Romney is determined, reliable, dedicated, competent, reflects traditional American family values, a patriot, supports the military and has a following. I have to set my prorities straight, ABOVE ALL ELSE, OBAMA MUST BECOME THE EX PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, EVEN IF HILLARY CLINTON WOULD RUN AND WIN, AMERICA WOULD BE SAFER AND BETTER OFF THEN WE ARE TODAY!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry to see Perry go. I’m assuming his internal polls showed he wouldn’t have a strong finish in SC. I’m also assuming that he thinks it’s expedient to prevent Romney from carrying a strong lead by splitting the votes between him, Santorum and Gingrich. This put Romney in a weaker spot especially since he really didn’t win Iowa afterall.

    • Anonymous

      Internal and external polls were not looking well. His retail campaigning was good. His debate performances were great, but getting 2nd place to Newt’s red meat. This does hurt Romney.

      Perry looked happy when he arrived back home.

  • Anonymous

    I read that he was out of money and might have to go into debt. I’m sorry that such a great conservative, who was asked to run, wasn’t ready because he was suffering from his recent back surgery and the TX wildfires.
    Everyone attacked him at the first debate. It I wasn’t for him, I would have felt awful for him. Bachmann and the non-stop Guardasil, etc, in state tuituion. He was our only true conservative with no baggage. I will vote for the GOP nominee but I will not do anything to help Mitt, because I’m sure it’s going to be Mitt.

    • Anonymous

      I think he will due fine financially. I watched this speech after watching the debate tonight. The finest candidate has left the race.

      • Anonymous

        Gov Perry was the best conservative candiate in the race. Thank you for the link to the videos of Anita & Rick together. Rick has class, I gave him money when I could and I got a personalized email from him yesterday to thank me say that he had suspended his campaign.
        I did not watch the debate, I was at work.

  • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

    Now that all viable candidates have been removed from the race, the Obama muslim machine has won. The race is over. The USA falls even futher. The scene was fascinating to watch, Hussan never said a word. We, here, has the seen the enemy. All that remains, is, what are you going to do about it?

  • http://twitter.com/PoeAllen Allen Poe

    On Fox report comments, I was the only pro GOP comment, out of 52. Disqus deleted 3 trys first.